Luann's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Sparling 2010

May 31, 2013

I am very excited to be nearing three years since my surgery! I had a Wright C+ done on my right hip by Dr Sparling in Vancouver, Wa. I was 45 at the time of my sx , female, and am approx. 116 lbs and 5' 2". I have had no real pain since my sx, other than ( what I know now were) the aches and occasional soreness of recovery. I enjoy a very active lifestyle, bike riding, hiking, and ( often extreme) horseback riding. My HR was nothing short of a modern day miracle, and I feel so fortunate to live in this time of medicine.
I am STILL improving in my strength. I had heard from other hippies that it can take years. They were correct.

July 10, 2013

Just wanted to brag on how well my hip is holding out! I usually go on an extensive horse training "vacation" ( ha, ha! More work than vacation, but a labor of love for sure!) every 2 years. It is near Helena,MT ( I live near Portland, OR) so it also involves a lot of driving ( truck, camper, two-horse trailer). I had to skip in 2010, because of my HR surgery. 2013 was my first year back to it since my hip resurfacing, and I couldn't be happier with the outcome!

The trip involves a LOT of prep and packing. Then, round trip, I spend about 30 + hours driving that big rig ( yes, I drive alone). The program in MT involves taking two of your own horses and receiving instruction on how to ride and train them better. It requires saddle time equal to about 6 hours a day ( and not just walking down a trail, rowdy and fast reining/cow horse type riding!) stall cleaning, feeding, grooming, and a lot of hiking up steep terraine. I was a little nervous to try the new hip on this adventure. It is a real test! I am happy to say it passed with flying colors!!

All my old friends there were happy to see the new me, comfortable and active again.
This new hip has changed my life back to normal!

October 28, 2014

Just short of 4 1/2 years and better than ever!!

I just celebrated my 50th birthday with my Conserve + and am absolutely pain free now and can do anything I please. It just keeps getting stronger and is something I really don't think about much anymore. Hang in there hippies! I still am having a love affair with my HR! I always appreciate it when the success stories check in, so I wanted to update everyone.

I showed my reining horse this year extensively and we "kicked bottoms"! 15 firsts, a second and a third. Many, many comfortable hours in the saddle. You can return to your passions!

Thanks again, and always, to Pat for this wonderful site. I remember early in my surgery, her telling folks that she rarely thought about her hip anymore, and wondering what that was like. Now I know


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